how to make a pot on the potter's wheelOnce again, a lovely mix of aspiring potter’s descended on Eastnor Pottery for a weekend of making pots on the wheel.

Saturday is always a very wet and messy affair with participants learning how to manipulate the soft clay on the wheel.

Sunday is a much ‘cleaner’ process where the pots made on day one have dried enough to be turned and decorated. The finished, fired and glazed masterpieces are delivered to your door approx. one month later…and for November’s gang, just in time for Christmas presents!

Our apprentice Ethan was on hand to take photos.

If you would like the opportunity to attend either a day or weekend dedicated to the potter’s wheel then please check out dates and contact the Pottery for availability. We currently only have a couple of spaces left on the Dec 15th 2013 but availability in the New Year is excellent. Please email to reserve a place.

apprentiship at Eastnor PotteryAmazingly he’s been here a month already so it’s high time we say a very warm ‘WELCOME!’ to Ethan, our newest member of the Eastnor Pottery team. Ethan will be spending the next 12 months as a Community Artist Apprentice, accompanying us on our all our sessions out & about as well as assisting with our recreational pottery sessions here at the studio.

We’ve packed so much already into the past 4 weeks with arts projects in Ledbury, Hereford and Wolverhampton to name but three. As well as helping out at these workshops Ethan has been busy taking documentary notes & photos as well as learning about the day to day running of a small creative enterprise. He’s also gained a wealth of pottery skills which in time, he’ll share with our customers and participants. Oh yes, he’s proved himself a bit of a whizz on the potter’s wheel too.

Ethan came to us via Creative Alliance who will be monitoring his progress and setting him the appropriate assignments in order for him to gain his level 3 Community Artist qualification. The position is part funded by the Creative and Cultural Skills agency.

Mountain of modelled clay food at Flavours of Herefordshire Festival 2013Privilege to have worked with so many visitors to the hugely successful Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival in Hereford on the 2 & 3 November.

Situated in the Secret Garden children’s activity area, we co-constructed a giant food mountain, assembled from modelled clay confectionary and other food items.

Some 35,000 people visited the festival and it felt like we’d worked with most of them!

Photographic evidence right here.

Nursery school aged children construct a clay man from a bag of clayGreat to be back at Ledbury Primary School working with the Nursery.

Over the next 12 weeks or so we’ll be using clay to explore language and communication with the children and their parents…as well as having bucket loads of pottery fun!

This week, by way of an introduction to both me and the material, we created a clay monster from a fresh bag of clay – the children suggesting, making and adding body parts as we went along.

The project proved so succesful last year the School was keen for the new intake of children to experience it. Cant wait to build upon and develope what we learnt last time.

Collaborative terracotta pot made as retirement present for Lorna from Countryside Day Nursery in GloucestershireWe were asked by the Grace the Principle at Countryside Day Nursery if we could facilitate a pottery workshop to commomerate the long service of one of her most treasured employees – Lorna. How could we refuse such a touching and creative idea. So a week or so ago, ten children and staff visited Eastnor Pottery to produce a collaborative terracotta planter. good work everybody!